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A breakthrough in management thinking, “weird ideas” can help every organization achieve a balance between sustaining performance and fostering new ideas. To succeed, you need to be both conventional and counterintuitive.

Creativity, new ideas, innovation—in any age they are keys to success. Yet, as Stanford professor Robert Sutton explains, the standard rules of business b
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Published March 2nd 2002 by Free Press (first published 2001)
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From William C. Taylor, Author of "Practically Radical"

What are your three favorite business books, and why?

The first is Weird Ideas that Work by Bob Sutton, the endlessly interesting Stanford professor who should be familiar to most members of the Fast Company community. Bob's book is the smartest and most original take on leadership and organizational creativity that I've read, and it is just so witty and fun. I love it and have learned so much from it.

Nathan Albright
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an exhibit in something that does not often receive enough attention, and that is the way that in order to cultivate innovation, we often have to do things that are not comfortable for us.  Innovation is, after all, all about encouraging change and growth, and these things are painful and unpleasant to us.  Even if there are some areas where we relish growth, there are likely to be a great many more areas where changing things does not come easily and where those who push us to chan ...more
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Senior executives and anyone setting up their own business
A real eye (and mind) opener. In our present time of economic depression and unimaginable national debt it is even more important for companies small and large to find the courage to adopt and practice even just some of Robert Sutton's thinking as described here. Avoid interpersonal conflict, promote intellectual conflict. This really is a book for the bravest of the brave; however the potetential upside is massive. A book which ought to be on the reading of every senior executive, every junior ...more
May 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I clearly written book with some fun ideas and stories throughout. I think my favorite part was the alternative interview questions such as:
- What promising technologies, business practices, and business models did you learn about in school/at work?
- What have you learned about our company that might surprise me?
- Who are our toughest competitors now? Who are going to be our toughest competitors in the future?
- What do you think are some of the most important trends in our industry? What is
Nel mondo del lavoro, come in molti altri settori, i pregiudizi e le regole accettate cambiano a seconda del paese, del settore industriale e di altre divisioni. [return]Il libro deriva da una conferenza di un americano a favore di manager americani; in Italia alcune delle idee suggerite non sono applicabili; altre necessitano di un ridimensionamento che, probabilmente, ne limitano - se non ne inficiano completamente - la validità
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read for those interested in organizational change and performance enhancement. Packed with good stories, case studies and informative research study to support change related theories. Offers great insights on the need to strive to constantly change and let go of old habits in order to embrace the new to stay 'relevant'. Weird, unconventional, misfits, defiance- if you related to any of these words this book is definitely for you.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
12 советов про то, как расшевелить организацию, и сделать её более творческой.
Довольно неплохо, жизненно! Во всяком случае, я нашел довольно много пересечений с моей консалтинговой практикой ;)

Подробная рецензия + интеллект-карта в моем блоге:

Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vpe
(3.0) Supposedly counterintuitive ideas that make a better company

I'll try reading this again sometime to think about specific changes to make, but I wasn't jumping up to take action from reading this.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot here I hadn't seen anywhere else. My husband is an engineer and there were several anecdotes I had to share with him.
the first 17 pages plus the quotes really give a very good picture..the rest is a break down of the first 17 pages and a lot of examples
Claudia Yahany
Buenas ideas, pero con ejemplos de hace muchos años. Para mi gusto, le faltó al autor ligar las ideas al final.. Como siempre, no queda muy claro que hacer durante la ejecución.
Lilly Irani
Mar 07, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in design and social psychology
The business school tone of this book made it intolerable to me at first pass, but when I returned to it after having some experience with how design is hard, I appreciated it a lot better.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Основные правила инноваторов в контексте. Хорошие истории и примеры.
Eric Wong
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the Blink summary. Definitely worth taking a look at.
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good book of strategies for increasing creativity. Mostly it boils down to "Keep everyone from thinking the same thing." And "Keep your past from interfering with your future."
It's an interesting read, but it could be shorter.
There are too many details and repetition.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good read
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Jun 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the guy who brought as "The No Asshole Rule".
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Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford and a Professor of Organizational Behavior, by courtesy, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sutton studies innovation, leaders and bosses, evidence-based management, the links between knowledge and organizational action, and workplace civility. Sutton’s books include Weird Ideas That Work: 11 ½ Practices for Pro ...more

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“weird ideas spark innovation because each helps companies do at least one of three things: (1) increase variance in available knowledge, (2) see old things in new ways, and (3) break from the past. These are the three basic organizing principles for innovative work,” 2 likes
“Support a few crackpots, heretics, and dreamers, especially if they are wildly optimistic about their ideas.” 1 likes
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